Learn how to assign keyboard shortcuts in Exposure for everything from creative edits, organizing images, transitioning between view options, and more.

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Customize keyboard shortcuts in Exposure’s preferences. Either use the menu, or press Cmd on the Mac, and Ctrl on Windows. In the Preferences dialog, click Shortcuts. All the actions that can use a keyboard shortcut are listed. Exposure groups them into four main categories; they are Creative Editing, Navigating, Organizing, and Tools.

To assign new shortcuts for an action, or change existing shortcuts, double-click an action from the list to bring up the edit dialog. Now type the new key combination. Clicking Add and OK adds it as a new keyboard shortcut.

Exposure enables you to create multiple keyboard shortcuts for an action. If your first choice is already in use, Exposure will inform you that you are about to create a duplicate shortcut. Avoid this by assigning an unused combination, like Ctrl+Shift+R. Once set, both shortcuts will appear for the action.

Arrow icons to the right of each keyboard shortcut control the order that shortcuts are listed. The topmost shortcut is what will appear in Exposure’s hover help text.

To delete a shortcut, double-click the action and click the trash can next to the key combination to be deleted. To reset a modified action to its default shortcut, click Reset.

You can save the current set of keyboard shortcuts as a preset. This gives you access to that setup at any time. Select the gear icon and choose Save as New Preset. Give the preset a name, assign a category, and enter any descriptive text if needed.

If you are migrating from Lightroom to Exposure, you can use the Lightroom Compatibility keyboard shortcut layout. This layout uses many of the same shortcut keys as in Lightroom.

To reset all the shortcuts to default, select the Default layout.

Click the printer icon to print a list of your shortcut commands to have as a reference.